>> Wednesday, March 31, 2010
We had a freak warm spell a couple weeks ago. It was seventy degrees in Boston and it really felt like the entire city was outside soaking in the sun. Especially after we had all been literally soaked by inches and inches of rain just a few days before.
On days like that I love love love sitting outside and enjoying a relaxing meal.
Two Saturdays ago, I was able to do just that. I sat outside my favorite lunch spot in Davis Square, soaking up the sun, and enjoying great conversation.
So what exactly makes Dave's Fresh Pasta so cool?
First of all, they make good sandwiches. They have a lot of different fresh baked breads and a nice variety of ingredients. I probably still like the sandwiches at Hi Rise Bakery better, but these are cheaper, bigger in size, and still very good.
Check out some of the pre-made sandwiches in their counter!
The sandwich menu is huge, and frankly, a bit overwhelming if it's your first time there. I was surprised at the variety of vegetarian options. I chose a portabella, mozarella, and arugula sandwich, which I asked them to grill for me.
My friend got this beautiful sandwich filled with spinach, grilled onions, and turkey.
My other friend got the muffuletta. I had never heard of this type of sandwich, so I decided to do a bit of internet research. Apparently, muffuletta is actually a type of Sicilian bread, characterized by its large, round shape. A classic muffuletta sandwich is made with an entire muffuletta loaf sliced in half. It's filled with olive salad, cheese (such as provolone and emmentaler), and a variety of cured meats such as capicola (cured pork shoulder or neck), salami (cured sausage), and mortadella (bologna with cubes of pork fat added). Usually they are quite large and sandwich shops will sell slices of them. This one was HUGE!
What's cool about Dave's Fresh Pasta is that it's not only a sandwich shop, it's also a little neighborhood market that carries a lot of fresh produce, wine, cheese, and, of course, fresh homemade pasta!
It was here that I found the delicious, local burrata made by Fiore di Nonno. They have a bunch of other great cheeses as well.
They also sell a really unique assortment of local produce. Check out these lobster mushrooms from Maine!
Of course, I always getting fresh pasta when I come here. If you've been reading this blog even for a short while, you'd know that Bryan loves fresh homemade pasta. They have many different types here, and they are all very good.
Plus, they have a lot of cool community events, such as pasta making classes, cooking classes, and wine tastings.
If you're in Davis Square, you should definitely check this place out. The sandwiches are good, and the shop is super fun to explore!
Dave's Fresh Pasta
81 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144